Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I've already told you. It's harsh, it will hit his palate and you can't decide wether you want the neck - jaw preassure or not (if you're using a chain, without a chain it's even worse and then you wn't even feel when you pull in his mouth untill you hit his teeth, after it has squeesed the head together)
Just because you can probably find a pelham with a port, doesn't mean tht's the one you were going to use.
But its your decission.
My opiniomn is that shank bits should always be used with a curb, and only when the horses education benefits from it. If they're there for emergency breakes, they should ONLY be used in emergency. Or else there is a huge risk that the horses mouth will be unyielding and need harsher and harsher bits. And to only use a shank at emergency, takes that you have another option for non-emergencies. Pelhams gives you that. Using a snaffle with a bosal gives you that.. lotsof bits or combiations gives you that. But riding with just a shank bit does not.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.